A third annual youth and community dance show where performers aged from seven to 70 years old had a successful turnout.

eNgage 2019 was held at The Spotlight, Hoddesdon, where a cast of 150 people from across the district came to showcase several dance styles including tap, contemporary and musical theatre.

Mayhem Theatre Arts from Hoddesdon opened the show to songs by the musical film to ‘The Greatest Showman’.

Moves and Grooves from Chipping Ongar Primary School and students from Debden Park High School had everyone dancing in their seats with fun, colourful carnival pieces.

Councillor Richard Bassett, chairman of Epping Forest District Council, who attended the event, said: “This truly is a fantastic event. I was very lucky to be invited to attend for a second time in my role as Chairman and once again completely amazed by the energy and enthusiasm shown by all the performers.

“It is wonderful that there is so much talent locally and so many people able to put on such a great show.

“What a fantastic job everyone does in arranging the Engage event every year, so congratulations to all those involved.”

Vallé Academy of Performing Arts from Broxbourne debuted their performance by closing the show with an ABBA medley whilst young adults from D.A.T.C. formed a special dance trope.

Chelmsford-based group Forever Young, proved it was never too old to dance with their dance rendition to ‘Oh What a Beautiful Morning’,

Big Funksters, Stadium Theatre School, Scene II Theatre School, Straight Up Dance, Jason Theatre School all returned to perform with exciting, energetic and powerful routines.

Councillor Nigel Bedford, community and partnership services portfolio holder, added: “My first eNgage event was a very enjoyable evening.

“Congratulations to all the dancers for their spectacular performances and to the organisers for making it all happen.

“This event is one of those fantastic occasions that brings together people of all ages in our community.”